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Heather O’Connor is a 3L. After a seven year marriage and three kids, Heather went through a divorce that left her questioning what to do with her life. She decided to become an attorney and has never looked back since beginning the long journey. She entered a local community college after...



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Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/22/2011 at 01:17 AM
A few of the big questions coming into law school are "Will my relationship last?" or "Should I date while in law school?" Each person and situation is different so there is no answer that is going to apply to every person. A lot of this depends on the commitment level you have towards that other person and their commitment level towards you; that really seems to be the key to making or breaking your relationship during law school. Law school is a lot of pressure and it takes up a lot of your time, as do relationships. So what did I do to help answer this question? I contacted different...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
01/10/2011 at 08:21 AM
My Christmas break has been wonderful so far.  I have spent a lot of time relaxing, spending time with my kids and family, and getting my house back in order (although with kids, that doesn't last very long!)  I have also been cooking a lot more lately, which is a nice change to frozen food.  Today, I am leaving my parents house (the kids and I have stayed here for the past four days) and heading home.  It's always nice to get away, but I usually enjoy my return home.  We are meeting up with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a long time and then who knows what...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
12/02/2010 at 08:00 AM
This semester has been insanely busy, but I have absolutely loved every minute of it and would do it all over again if I could. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to litigate to take the criminal defense clinic. Working with clients and being in court is so much more fun and real than sitting in a classroom reading case law. It will also help you make the decision whether criminal defense work is for you. I have always said I would never want to do defense work, and even though it's relatively minor crimes we are dealing with, I've had a little bit of a change of heart. =) As for...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/29/2010 at 09:37 PM
I’m in court a lot lately with the criminal defense clinic, so suits have been my almost every day attire. Since I’m wearing them more, I am beginning to notice the difference in the way people treat you when you have a suit on compared to when you don’t. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say “you” since this is really my own experience, so I should say that I get treated differently depending on whether I wear a suit or whether I have jeans and a t-shirt on. For example, my parents and my brother live in Carver, Mass. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. Famous...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/14/2010 at 09:45 PM
North Dakota: In an attempt to rob a bank, a man scribbled his ransom note and gave it to the teller. The teller quickly gave him the money and watched him run out the door. Attempts to search the surrounding area were unsuccessful, but upon review of the ransom note, it was revealed that the man wrote the demand on the back of his personal bank deposit note. Police traveled to the man's home and arrested him while he was counting the cash. South Carolina: A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/08/2010 at 05:51 PM
It's a Friday at 5:21 p.m. I'm still at school, sitting at my desk wondering how much longer I should work for. It's not my weekend with the kids, so I always feel guilty if I leave early because I like to try to get as much done as possible when they are not home. That way, it makes life a little more sane when they are. Since I'm having trouble concentrating, I decided to write about what I have been up to lately: Criminal Defense Clinic: We are now officially in full force. Everyone is busy and everyone has court almost weekly. Greg Rosenfeld, another student in the clinic, represented...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/04/2010 at 08:01 AM
This past Saturday I tried to forget the fact I am in law school and had a ton of work due on Monday and enjoy life. After my youngest son’s football practice, my parents, my kids, and I drove up to a local corn maze. Unfortunately, right before we got there, my daughter got sick, so my mom and her went back to my parent’s house. But all the boys and I continued on to get lost within the corn. We did good staying together for about 10 minutes, but then the boys got antsy and ran off ahead. I figured, “Hey, how much trouble could they really get into? We’re lost in a corn maze.” About 15...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/21/2010 at 08:01 AM
I have heard this phrase at least once almost every day that I have gone to school this semester, which currently is only about two days a week. My schedule this semester includes the Criminal Defense Clinic, so I go to Providence (where the clinic is located) two days a week. I have a class that starts on Friday so I'll be at school an extra day, but I do feel as though I'm missing out on all the extra activities (i.e. all the free food offered at student group meetings) because I'm not around all that much at the moment. I was looking through the schedule for next semester and I am...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/14/2010 at 11:36 PM
Almost one month has passed since my third year of law school began. Last I wrote, I was wondering what the future held. Well, some of those questions have been answered. The first question answered is whether I was going to be bored to death my third year. Most law school students have heard the catch phrase, "First year, they scare you to death. Second year, they work you to death. Third year, they bore you to death." I can say with 100% certainty that, so far, my third year has been anything but boring. I have honestly started thinking that when I become a "real attorney," it will seem...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/31/2010 at 11:54 AM
I browsed through the other bloggers posts and I am beginning to think I am the only one who isn't currently in London doing the summer abroad program.  Although I heard absolutely wonderful things about it, I went the internship route.  Last summer I interned at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, MA.  My supervising attorney, Brian O'Connor (no relation) provided me with a really great experience there.  Before starting the internship, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be because, let's face it, when you get done with your 1L year, you are no...